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    Default Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    1. Mr Whitaker: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    1-Hang up I'll call you back.
    2-No I'd prefer to hang on, it's very important.
    3-Yes I'll put you through.
    4-Yes, I'd like to speak to the person who deals with paying your suppliers, please.

    I select 3-Yes I'll put you through.Correct?

    Thank you.
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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by ucef View Post
    1. Mr Whitaker: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    1-Hang up I'll call you back.
    2-No I'd prefer to hang on, it's very important.
    3-Yes I'll put you through.
    4-Yes, I'd like to speak to the person who deals with paying your suppliers, please.

    I select 3-Yes I'll put you through.Correct?

    Thank you.
    Where did you find this? #2 seems to be a response to #1.

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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by bhaisahab View Post
    Where did you find this? #2 seems to be a response to #1.
    The question was asked that way.
    “When you see a brother sin, be a private educator, not a public tribunal.”

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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    #3 is the only acceptable way to response to the original request to speak to Ms. Johnson.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by ucef View Post
    1. Mr Whitaker: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    1-Hang up I'll call you back.
    2-No I'd prefer to hang on, it's very important.
    3-Yes I'll put you through.
    4-Yes, I'd like to speak to the person who deals with paying your suppliers, please.

    I select 3-Yes I'll put you through.Correct?

    Thank you.
    What a bizarre exercise! #2 and #4 would only make sense if spoken by Mr Whitaker later in the conversation. #1 is possible but if that were the response from a company's receptionist, I would stop dealing with that company and hope that the receptionist would be fired!

    #3 is the only line which makes any sense at all in response to Mr Whitaker's opening line.
    Remember - correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing make posts much easier to read.

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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    What a bizarre exercise!
    And it's not the only one you've been asking about recently, ucef.

    Where are you getting these questions from?

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    Default Re: Could I speak to Ms Johnson, please?

    ucef, it would make life rather easier for us all if you gave us the instructions for these questions you were posting.

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